Etymology Teacher Resources

English words can typically be traced back to their culture of origin—which, given the variety of words in the English language, can be anywhere in the world!

Focus on etymology early with an elementary lesson that uses word clues to explore word origin. An etymology project prompts middle schoolers to explore where selected words came from and how they arrived in the modern English language, while a high school curriculum guide focuses on dictionary and thesaurus skills, Greek and Latin roots, and domain-specific language.

Doubt the language of origin? Try out a video that investigates that rogue b in the word doubt, emphasizing that sound is never as important as a word’s history when determining its spelling. Delve more deeply into the mysteries of modern vernacular with another video, which discusses how many odd or irregular words in the English language don’t rely on English spelling or pronunciation patterns at all.

A strong knowledge of etymology can help with students’ spelling, vocabulary, and word usage. And at Lesson Planet, we’ve got a strong selection of etymological resources waiting for you!

Showing 113 resources
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Assessment Preparation: Word Origins—Etymology

For Teachers 6th - 10th
In this etymology worksheet, students use a dictionary to look up 13 vocabulary words. For each word, they write the base word and its etymology, including its origin and the approximate time period in which the word was introduced into...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

What’s the Good Word? Etymology Project Guidelines

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Who named the shapes, or the days of the week? Should words be removed from the dictionary if they're no longer commonly used? Are there too many words in the English language? Language arts students explore these and additional...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Word Origins

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Understanding a word's etymology can really help with decoding and building vocabulary skills. Readers compare and contrast words of similar origins but with different difficulty levels. They focus on prefixes, suffixes, and affixes....
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Etymology Adventures

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use the internet to research the field of Etymology. Using this information, they create a list of words they were unfamiliar with along with their origin. They complete numerous activities by reading and following directions.
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

The Wonder of Words

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
If your language arts students think etymology isn't relevant to their everyday lives, show them a presentation that will prove them wrong! The slideshow provides explanation about various words, roots, and suffixes that have adapted in...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Etymology

For Teachers 8th
Learners dissect and build words from parts like prefixes, base words, suffixes, and inflectional endings. Etymology skills help us find the meanings of words by identifying the different parts that constitute them. Class members use...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Etymology: A Mini-Lesson on Teaching a Word's History

For Teachers 8th - 11th
As you're reading The Hobbit with your class, show them the etymology of the word attercop. This presentation would benefit with some additional examples or with a practice slide that offers a list of words from the book that pupils must...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Unlocking New Words: Partner Presentations

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Following extensive modeling about how to apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to learn new words, partner teams create brief word presentations to teach new vocabulary to the class. Preselect words from upcoming social studies,...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Thinking Spelling

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
An etymology resource is packed with suggestions for activities designed to build phonological, visual, morphemic, and etymological spelling skills.
+
1
In 1 Collection
3:28
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Why Is There a "b" in Doubt?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Many doubt the reasoning for having a b in doubt, but do they know the whole story? Pupils can watch as a Latin word becomes the English doubt. The narrator explains the etymology of doubt, emphasizes the importance of meaning and...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

New Year's Etymology and Writing Activity

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners investigate the history and etymology of New Year's Day. They listen to a teacher-led lecture about the background of New Year's Day, design an image of Janus, and write a story in the first person telling what Janus might say...
+
1:34
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Mysteries of Vernacular: Odd

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Odd, isn’t it, that even when you think you know how to match a word with its definition, you learn that some meanings are at odds with others, that some subject fields devise interpretations that don’t correspond with others, and that...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Etymology Match

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this vocabulary practice activity, students match the 9 terms that end with -cide to their appropriate meanings. Students also write the 9 terms in alphabetical order.
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Who Invented English Anyway?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
In these English lesson plans, students use video, the Internet and non-fiction essays to research the history of the English language. They write a short research paper and design a PowerPoint presentation showcasing their findings.
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Mythological Word Origins

For Teachers 9th - 10th
No wonder the ship was called the Titanic. An investigation of Norse, Roman, and Greek Mythology provides insight into mythological characters and corresponding words in the English language. A close look at roots, prefixes, and suffixes...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Word Clues

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young learners develop a deeper understanding of target vocabulary. Working in pairs, students independently complete a series of word clue cards asking them to find various information about key terms including their definition,...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Connection to Language Arts-Hidden Meanings

For Students 8th - 10th
In this etymology learning exercise, students read about the history of naming words and how words are named. They think critically by answering three questions about the meaning of words, etymologies and the derivation of words.
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Root Words from Greek and Roman Gods' Names

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Prepare a stack of index cards with a Greek or Roman god's name on one side and their description on the other. Then, use the worksheet attached to brainstorm as many words that contain the root from each card. Pupils also create their...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Internet Adventures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore where words come from. Every word had a beginning--- a birth. They use the internet and go to a web site given by the teacher to take a quiz on word origins, students are allowed to use dictionaries.
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Language Change: The Origins of Names

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In small groups or pairs, learners explore the origins of each others' names. An awesome idea, but you'll need to do the initial research to gather your class's names and their origins. Or, consider having each member of your class...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Dragonwings: Evaluate Chapters 10-12

For Teachers 6th - 8th
As your class finishes the novel Dragonwings, use these culminating projects. A vocabulary list is given for chapters eleven and twelve and either an epitaph or letter activity concludes the book. The final project consists of creating a...
+
4:28
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

The Story of 'True'

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The history of the English language is a long and winding road, forsooth. Here’s a short video that traces the truth about the history of the world true, from its Old English origins to modern usages. Consider generating a list of words...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Using Word Maps to Expand Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Looking for a good lesson on dictionary and word definition skills? The lesson presented here is for you! In it, learners utilize a worksheet, embedded in the plan, to record a word's definition(s), etymology, multiple meanings, related...
+
Lesson Planet: Curated OER

Speak Vocabulary Strategy

For Teachers 7th - 9th
A scarlet letter “V” stands for a desktop teaching vocabulary activity designed for Speak. Prior to reading Laurie Hales Anderson’s young adult novel, individuals sign up for a word, design a handout that illustrates the word, includes...

Other popular searches

Browse by Subject


Etymology